Upcoming Diary Dates

This week Event Details
Monday 10th June Drop-off and Pick-up Meetings with Andrew Hammond
Transition to Hall School Wimbledon for year 5 and year 6 education. 
Join Sarah and Andrew Hammond of Hall School Wimbledon for details of the transition to Hall School Wimbledon for year 5 and year 6, this year and in the years ahead. All interested families are welcome. These sessions are to answer practical questions on the transition, from preparation at The London Acorn School, through to minibuses, sports and curriculum. Sessions will be held at 8.45-9.15 and 2.30-3.15.
Wednesday 12th June 8Billionideas inter-Chatsworth Schools Presentation Event – Oak and Chestnut
We are delighted to go to 8Billionideas inter-Chatsworth Schools Green My City Event at High Wycombe for Years 5 and 6, especially since our students have won a prize!
Please find more details on the consent form here: Green My City consent form
Friday 14th June Chatsworth Schools Cricket Festival at Oberon Fields – Oak and Chestnut Oak and Chestnut have been training with HSW for this Cricket Festival.

Please find more details on the consent form here: Cricket Festival Consent Form

Next week Event


Tuesday 18th June Midsummer Festival – children only event
An opportunity to reflect and look forwards as we approach the Summer Solstice, traditionally burning worries about the past and igniting wishes and dreams for the future.

Friday 21st June

Parent Workshop – Challenging Behaviour (Role Play Inspirations for Conflict)

9am- 10am

Jo Pearce, our Little Acorns Leader, leads an interactive parent workshop to explore different ways of dealing with challenging behaviour through role play. This is suitable for parents with children of different ages. If you are interested, please email: jo@thelondonacornschool.co.uk
Friday 21st June Sports (Bonding) Day- Whole School and Parents/Carers/Families Invited

11 am

Families, please join us for the second year running of Coach Jody’s Sports (Bonding) Day. A chance to play a range of different sports with your child on the meadow and enjoy a picnic afterwards together.

Please bring plenty of water, sun protection and a seat or blanket to sit on.

The schedule will be as follows:

11am -12pm – Junior Games with Parents

12pm -12:15pm – Break (a chance to refuel and relax)

12:15pm -12:45pm – Kindergarten Obstacle Course

12:45pm – 1pm – Games for all

1pm – End of school day. Please feel free to stay and continue enjoying your picnic. Clubs will be running as usual.

Welcome from our Headteacher

Welcome to our second week of Summer Term 2.

As we are a school committed to children’s wellbeing, we are often asked about building children’s self esteem and confidence. If you are building these in effectively you are building resilience, the ability to work through friction and discomfort in a positive way. That’s a big ask for many of us as adults, so with children we start basic and small.

The first step is to start from a base of security, that’s why in kindergarten we work really hard to communicate that ‘the world is good’.  It is particularly challenging to maintain this through a partnership breakup or through the messiness of everyday life when you are not seeing eye to eye with all other adults surrounding your child. Things will always go ‘wrong’ to some degree, as we all have wonderfully different ideas. It may help to focus on the intentions of others, more than details, and sit with the big picture. Children need to know that they are in the right place, and surrounded by a trustworthy circle of adults.

Praise can build self esteem and confidence but it can also induce anxiety, so we strive here to ensure that it is delivered in a meaningful way. We try to focus praise on effort rather than outcome, because at the foundational learning stage it is engagement over outcome that counts every time. Children’s work does not have to be perfect but it does need to show some level of commitment, and that could look like special thoughtful details in a drawing, or careful even pressure from a crayon. This is the evidence of a strong and positive bond with learning coming through.

Meanwhile in the classroom we build resilience by encouraging students to make work from scratch, encourage them to talk about errors and mistakes and teachers model overcoming difficulty on our chalkboards.

Thank you for working with us to build the foundations of life-long resilience.

Have a lovely week!


Announcements, Reminders and Important Information


Parents and Carers, please be vigilant with your children in the part after school as we enjoy these sunny afternoons. The Yew Trees are not a safe area for children to play and should not be going into the yew trees unsupervised. There is access to the fast-flowing river there, which is unfenced. Therefore, please discourage children from playing in this area.


Please check the Summer Calendar below for a few tweaks at the end of term, including Singing Concert on Friday 5th July at 12:30pm, parents invited, followed by a goodbye assembly and Leavers’ Lunch for Oak and Chestnut. We will say goodbye to all our leavers with a leaver arch outside of school at pick-up on Friday afternoon

Finally, we are starting to enjoy some sunny weather! On hot, sunny days, please provide your child with a sunhat and water bottle, as normal. Suncream may be applied before school but will not be administered by staff during school hours. Please come prepared.

Kindergarten News

Coming into June, the theme of our circle time is all about summer. Last week we explored the buzzing atmosphere in nature with the song “Over in the meadow”. The story, Five Goats, shows us that loud voice or big size does not always work better, sometimes smaller creatures can be stronger and more effective. On Thursday, we watched the show presented by Willow Class. Children were so excited after the show and saying, “When we go to Willow, we are going to do it, too!”

Outdoors, the park had greeted us with long grass and lush green leaves. Digging, hammocks and horse-riding games are all time favourites. Throw-and-catch game is becoming more popular. Some designed a tour at Kinde tree area and sold tickets for guiding people through the route! Every Tuesday and Friday we play in the school garden. Children were curious about the new fence and saying, “They’re building a playground!”

Junior School News

Willow Class:

Willow Class were delighted to perform their Class Play on Thursday and Friday last week to children and parents. It was lovely to receive parent feedback that the children seem confident and at ease standing up in front of an audience. A huge well done to all of you and your great team effort.

What’s more, all of Willow Class have received bookmarks today to commend them all for their diary entries on animals that we submitted to Young Writers in the Spring Term. Some children’s work has even been accepted into an anthology and letters will be given out to those parents for permission over the next week.

Birch Class:

Birch has connected their studies of the aquatic biome with maths, completing beautiful sea turtle colour by calculation. Birch Class also enjoyed exploring the aquatic biomes that we have within our park. We talked about rivers flowing into our seas and oceans and how important it is for us to look after all the waters that make up so much of our world. Find a link to the rap here: kids video2.webm – Google Drive

Chestnut and Oak Class: 

Chestnut and Oak Class have been inspired by Ancient Greek Mythology and are now writing their own Ancient Sagas full of adventure, danger and drama.

Updated Summer Term Calendar 2024

In a Nutshell Newsletter 3rd June: Welcome Back!
In a Nutshell Newsletter 17th June: Sports Day